7.6/10
821
18 user 5 critic

Dead Men Tell (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 28 March 1941 (USA)
A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay) (as John Larkin), (based on the character created by)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Charlie Chan investigates apparent poisonings at a mystery mansion in the Mojave Desert.

Director: Harry Lachman
Stars: Sidney Toler, Arleen Whelan, Richard Derr
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

On the trail of a singer who killed the man she loved in Honolulu, Charlie finds her stabbed to death when he ultimately catches up to her in Rio.

Director: Harry Lachman
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mary Beth Hughes, Cobina Wright
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Lionel Atwill
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Charlie's old friend from Scotland Yard is murdered when they attend a police convention in New York, Chan picks up the case he was working on.

Director: Harry Lachman
Stars: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Robert Lowery
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An escaped convicted murderer hides out at a New York wax museum where he hopes to get plastic surgery, which will help him revenge himself on Charlie Chan.

Director: Lynn Shores
Stars: Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, C. Henry Gordon
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While in Paris for a reunion on the eve of World War II, Charlie finds that the murder of an hated businessman leads him to a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Germany.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds
Stars: Sidney Toler, Lynn Bari, Richard Clarke
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Although Charlie and Lee are in Monaco for an art exhibit, they become caught up in a feud between rival financiers which involves the Chans in a web of blackmail and murder.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Virginia Field
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeepe to a stableman to a lawyer.

Director: Eugene Forde
Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille, Pauline Moore
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Sheila Ryan ...
Robert Weldon ...
Steve Daniels
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
...
Jed Thomasson (as Don Douglas)
...
Laura Thursday (as Katharine Aldridge)
Paul McGrath ...
Mr. Parks
...
Bill Lydig
Truman Bradley ...
Capt. Kane
...
Miss Patience Nodbury
Lenita Lane ...
Dr. Anne Bonney
Milton Parsons ...
Gene LaFarge
Edit

Storyline

Eccentic, elderly matron Patience Nodbury has a treasure map she's inherited from Black Hook, her pirate ancestor. To foil a mysterious thief who has tried to steal it, she divides it into four pieces, three of which she gives to fellow passengers booked to sail on the Suva Star, an old wooden sailing ship chartered for a treasure hunt on an offshore island. She is convinced that, according to family tradition, Black Hook will visit her before she dies. When the peg-legged "ghost" does just that, and she suffers a fatal heart attack, Charlie and Jimmy are faced with a boatload of red herrings including Bill Lydig, an escaped convict, Gene LaFarge, a certifiable neurotic accompanied by a personal psychiatrist, and the embittered Captain Kane, who was marooned on a deserted island by his ex-partner and vows revenge. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Aboard a treasure ship Chan battles his most elusive adversary... the ghost of a pirate 100 years dead! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in Dead Men Tell  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was first telecast in Detroit Monday 30 November 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Thursday 4 February 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Saturday 3 July 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Tuesday 16 July 1955 on KRON (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy Chan is in a tavern, while he is crouched down against a wall, a dart is thrown at a target near him. When he rises, the guide wire can be seen for the dart against his dark sweater. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Chan: You can scare a person to death, but if you do it deliberately, that's murder.
See more »

Connections

Follows Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Jimmy the Fish
13 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is murder on board a ship that is taking its customers to an island where there is a 60,000,000 dollar treasure (or so we're told). The map has been divided into fourths to be distributed once they reach the island. Jimmy Chan stows away (what else is new) and while there an old lady is murdered (she has one of the pieces) by someone dressed as a pirate. Meanwhile, Charlie Chan comes aboard, looking for his number two son. As it turns out there are all sorts of people who could be responsible, including the captain of the ship who hates people and would rather have nothing to do with them. Jimmy, who is in this episode too much, starts investigating. He ends up dropping the water on at least four occasions. He muddles up the case again. This is fun because of the locale. There are numerous misleading clues. By the way, George Reeves appears in this one. He is the one who starred in "The Adventures of Superman" back in the fifties. This is a decent mystery.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Shipful of ghosts jonfrum2000
Wasn't Jimmy an Olympic Swimmer? ghostofchurch
Dr. Anne Bonney mtevens
Discuss Dead Men Tell (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?